In the 1990s, Principal of Shekhawati High School in Fatehpur, Rajasthan is faced with the daunting task of saving the school from shutting down.
The only way he can save the school is by improving its academic results, which is impossible in a village that gambles and fritters away their time. The other option available for him is to somehow inspire the school to win the State Level Badminton Tournament.

The Principal summons Bhagat and explains to him about the crisis faced by the school to stay afloat. Bhagat enjoys playing ‘Chidi Balla’ (colloquial term for a casual game of shuttle-cock usually played with make-shift equipment and court) with his gang and has no idea about Badminton, is suddenly burdened with the responsibility of saving his school. Without formal training, proper resources or even a coach, can Bhagat transform his game of Chidi Balla to Badminton and triumph against all odds to save his school?

In Bhagat’s quest to save the school, the indolent villagers rally around him and in the process; they themselves transform and turn over a new leaf. They go on to reclaim the forgotten heritage and culture of Rajasthan and take it to its past glory.

This film pays our tribute to the rich ART, MUSIC & SPORTS traditions of Rajasthan through a humble tale of the indomitable human spirit.

RADHESHYAM PIPALWA Director
RADHESHYAM PIPALWA Writer
PANKAJ MATTA Writer
RADHESHYAM PIPALWA Producer
CHETAN SHARMA Key Cast “Bhagat”
ABHIMANYU SINGH Key Cast “Coach Birbal”
SUNEEL SINHA Key Cast “Principal”
MAYUR MORE Key Cast “Tidda”
MAYA MACUNUS Key Cast “Nadine/ Gori Kaki”
SANJAY SINGH Key Cast “Bhawani”
KAILASH SONI Key Cast “Nandu Kaka”
SISHIR SHARMA Key Cast “Father”
VINEET SHARMA Key Cast “Coach Rawat”
RANJAN KUMAR Key Cast “Sundar”

Specifications

Project Title (Original Language): CHIDI BALLA
Film Type: Feature
Genres: Youth, Drama, Social, Sports, Comedy
Runtime: 1 hour 51 minutes 31 seconds
Completion Date: December 27, 2018
Production Budget: 750,000 USD
Country of Origin: India
Country of Filming: India
Film Language: Hindi, Other
Shooting Format: DIGITAL
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Film Color: Color
First-time Filmmaker: Yes